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2014 NFL Draft Profiles: OL Matt Patchan

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Patchan spent one year protecting Chase Rettig's blindside after time spent with Steve Addazio in Florida. Could he now go and do it on Sundays in the NFL?

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Combine Numbers:

40 Yard Dash - 4.94
Vert. Jump - 33.5 inches
Broad Jump - 113 inches
Bench Press - 22 reps
20 Yard Shuttle - 4.63 sec
3-Cone Drill - 7.45 sec

Strengths:

In terms of up-and-down blockers, Patchan is pound-for-pound one of the best in this draft.  He's explosive off the line as a run blocker, and he can finish by pancaking anyone.  He's capable of lining up in the backfield as an H-back and serve as a lead blocker for a running back.  And he has great range and vision that allows him to serve a combo blocker.  In terms of power football, he's got the upper body strength and quickness that can catch defensive linemen off their game and that can strike fear in any safety stepping up into the box.  He had a great NFL Combine and was a top offensive lineman in the 40 and in the vertical, which is something that will do wonders to elevate his stock.

Weaknesses:

As good of a prospect as Patchan is for run blocking, he gives up some in pass blocking.  He doesn't have great side-to-side motion, and he lacks a lot of lower body strength.  NFL defensive ends will eat him alive by going around him and turning him sideways because they have the quickness to get outside.  Skill wise, Patchan projects to a better guard than he does a tackle because he can get turned sideways and around easier.

A six-year collegiate lineman, he's been a human M*A*S*H unit with a ton of injuries littering his career.

Teams that have had Patchan in for private workouts

San Francisco 49ers

Team that would be the best fit

Dallas has had major issues on the offensive line over the past couple of years, where DeMarco Murray has run into problems running to the right side.  Paired with Travis Frederick and the right guard or tackle, Patchan could be the ideal run blocking replacement for noted sieves Mackenzy Bernadeau or Doug Free.  And since America's Team just cut backup Phil Costa, it would behoove them to give a long look at the BC/Florida product.

Projected Draft Round

5th/6th